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Litter and anti-social driving being tackled

Thursday, 4th March 2010.

Two areas of anti-social behaviour have been targeted in Suffolk this week, although there are no specific initiatives on either of them in Haverhill yet.

Litter and anti-social driving have been the subject of new moves involving Suffolk police.

A countywide litter campaign has been backed by Suffolk Constabulary, and in Stowmarket police made use of their powers to confiscate a car belonging to a driver who had received two warnings in a year.

Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) seized a car after the driver
received two section 59 warnings in less than 12 months.

The car was seized in Stowmarket on Sunday evening.

Officers can issue warnings under section 59 of the Police Reform Act for careless driving both on or off-road, or if the vehicle is likely to cause harassment, alarm or annoyance to members of the public.

A driver will receive one warning and if caught offending again within the next 12 months, their car can be seized - with a £150 charge to the driver for removal and additional charges for storage of the vehicle.

If the driver does not pay to get their vehicle returned, the car is either sold or crushed. On this occasion, the driver paid for the car to be released.

Meanwhile this year’s BBC Radio Suffolk anti-litter campaign Don't Be A Tosser is set to tackle more than just rubbish.

With the backing of Suffolk Constabulary and all of Suffolk’s councils, the radio station will also be hoping to combat other anti-social behaviour activities like fly tipping and graffiti.

BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast presenter Mark Murphy first launched the ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ initiative in January 2008. Mark was so appalled by the amount of rubbish on Suffolk’s roadsides he decided something needed to be done about it. So, he joined forces with the ‘Creating the Greenest County’ team to inspire people of all ages to organise clear-ups countywide.

This year the campaign will tackle more than just litter. It is hoped with the backing of the police and all councils across Suffolk, fly tipping and graffiti will become a thing of the past too.

Chief Constable Simon Ash commented: “We are delighted to be supporting BBC Radio Suffolk’s campaign. Through our Safer Neighbourhood Teams, we work closely with our local communities who have told us that tackling anti-social behaviour, such as littering, fly-tipping and graffiti, should be a top priority for the police.

"So, for 2010, we are pledging to take tough action against all forms of anti-social behaviour and the Don’t Be A Tosser campaign is a fantastic call to action for us and our colleagues in the local councils, to help make Suffolk a cleaner and safer place for everyone to enjoy.”

Suffolk brewer Adnams is providing 20,000 beer mats with the new Don't Be A Tosser 2010 logo.

They will be distributing 10,000 of them to their own outlets. BBC Radio Suffolk will also have 10,000 to distribute and are urging anyone who runs a pub or club to get in touch to place an order to help spread the word.

The Suffolk County Council household waste recycling team is providing 20,000 new Don't Be A Tosser 2010 car stickers. They will also act as a distribution network for the campaign.

Anyone who would like a sticker or poster for their car or shop window can pick one up from one of the 18 household waste recycling centres countywide.

Suffolk Police’s 30 Safer Neighbourhood Teams, who work with partners countywide to tackle concerns raised by local communities, will also have a supply of posters and window stickers and will be encouraging fast food outlets and businesses countywide to display them prominently in the area.

The re-launched campaign will also see a selection of brand new anti-litter posters specifically for schools.

These are being sent to all schools in Suffolk. It is hoped that not only will they be displayed in classrooms but that schools will also organise litter clear-ups themselves.

Each parish council in Suffolk is being encouraged to display the new posters on their noticeboards and it is hoped communities will rally around as before to clear up their local area.

The posters vary in size from A4 to A1. These will also be available from the county’s 44 local libraries and from the mobile libraries too.

You can also download the posters from the BBC Radio Suffolk website at www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk

If you want to organise a clear up near you it is important you contact your local council who can help with high visibility jackets, bags, pick sticks and the all important disposal of your collected waste.

For St Edmundsbury the contact is Andrew Harvey via e-mail on Andrew.Harvey@stedsbc.gov.uk or call 01284 757687.

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